With the advent of the 4th just 1 day away, I figured I’d spruce up the posts for today. Mind you I will not have a post on the 4th so I can enjoy myself and maybe eat out. But what I plan to do on my time really shouldn’t matter to you guys. But seeing as I’m semi-obligated to post on this blog, I find myself needing to probably post a quickie at best tomorrow, don’t expect much if anything at all. I will probably go enjoy a film or something tomorrow at best and that’ll be that and maybe grab some food from the grocery store. But I plan to be outside most of the night at least to watch the fireworks. That said, I’m just filling up the blog intro with needless words and enjoying what’s to come on the 4th. So let’s move on, shall we.

 

So let’s start off with the Yuri Yuri post from Leon about S2.

 

Yuru Yuri 2 Even Cuter Than Ever

Author: Leon

 

 

The new season of yuriblob anime Yuru Yuri 2 has been acclaimed for delivering even more cuteness than the previous season, no mean feat by any means, and for good measure it gets stuck staight into an onsen episode…

 

There’s a huge gallery on Sank for this so, enjoy that.

 

Moving on, my friend actually did the karaoke for the intro to Yuri Yuri of some seasons I don’t know which. I don’t keep up with anime so don’t ask me about it. You can DL it here.

 

Our next major story is about that actor, Andy Griffith, dying.

 

Actor Andy Griffith dies in North Carolina, TV station says

Reuters

 

(Reuters) – Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a small-town sheriff made “The Andy Griffith Show” one of American television’s most enduring shows, has died at his North Carolina home, television station WITN reported on Tuesday.

The television station quoted a longtime friend as saying that the 86-year-old actor died at his home on Roanoke Island. The Dare County Sheriff’s dispatcher would say only that an ambulance was called to Griffith’s residence but would not comment further.

Griffith created another memorable character, the folksy defense lawyer in “Matlock” in the 1980s and ’90s, but it was his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor on the “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s that gave him a place in U.S. television history.

The show portrayed life in the friendly, slow-moving fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, which was widely believed to have been based on Griffith’s own hometown, Mount Airy, North Carolina.

 

Oh and Final Fantasy is coming to iOS WITH 3DS GRAPHICS.

 

New FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS Screenshots

We’ve got some brand new English screenshots for you to drool over. If you’re not familiar with FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS it’s a nostalgic salute to the SQUARE ENIX games of old. Originally released in Japan 2 years ago under the name Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi, it returns with a similar look to Final Fantasy IV: The After Years with a Job Change system similar to FINAL FANTASY V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That being said let’s move onto our next post; An whole EqD post.

 

 

The video will take you there. Enjoy.

And finally our last post.

 

 

Al-Qaida linked fighters destroy ‘end of the world’ gate in Timbuktu

World cultural body UNESCO was set to create a special fund to protect Mali’s heritage on Tuesday after al-Qaida-linked Islamists attacked historic and religious landmarks in the city of Timbuktu for a third day, breaking down the door to a 15th century mosque that — according to legend — had to remain shut until the end of the world.

A UNESCO committee also called for a mission to go to Mali to work with local and national leaders to stop what it called “wanton destruction.”

“In legend, it is said that the main gate of Sidi Yahya mosque will not be opened until the last day (of the world),” Alpha Abdoulahi, the town imam, told Reuters by telephone.

Yet Islamists intent on erasing traces of what some regard as un-Islamic idolatry smashed down the door to the mosque early on Monday, saying they wanted to “destroy the mystery” of the ancient entrance, he said.

“They offered me 50,000 CFA ($100) for repairs but I refused to take the money, saying that what they did is irreparable,” Abdoulahi added.

In a statement emailed to msnbc.com Tuesday, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee called for a series of measures to help save Mali’s ancient sites and condemned the “repugnant” destruction of Timbuktu’s mausoleums.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has appealed for a halt to the attacks.

“There are mausoleums, there are mosques, there are manuscripts which represent enormous value for humanity and it is totally unacceptable what is happening there,” Bokova said on Monday.

The U.N. body seeks to protect places around the world it classifies as world heritage sites, arguing they are of special cultural significance and should be preserved for posterity.

Government powerless
Mali’s government in the capital Bamako about 630 miles south has condemned the destruction, but is powerless to halt them after its army was routed by rebels in April. It is still struggling to bolster a return to civilian rule after a March 22 coup that emboldened the rebel uprising further north.

The attacks have been widely condemned inside Mali as well.

“The 333 saints would be turning in their graves,” the country’s Les Echos newspaper wrote on Monday, referring to 333 revered Sufi imams, sheiks and scholars buried in Timbuktu.

“Today there are old women, old people in Timbuktu who say that maybe it is the end of the world,” entrepreneur and former Timbuktu resident Male Dioum told Reuters.

Islamists of the Ansar Dine group say the centuries-old shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam in Timbuktu are idolatrous. They have so far destroyed at least eight of 16 listed mausoleums in the city, together with a number of tombs.

Ansar Dine and well-armed allies, including al-Qaida splinter group MUJWA, have hijacked a separatist uprising by local Tuareg MNLA rebels and now control two-thirds of Mali’s desert north, territory that includes the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.

The size of the area under their control is bigger than France, heightening fears that Mali will become a jihadist haven.

The MNLA rebels criticized the Islamists’ destruction of holy sites, underlining a growing rift between the two groups that had formed an uneasy alliance to take over the north of the country.

“The perpetrators of these heinous acts, their sponsors, and those who support them must be made accountable,” MNLA spokesman Hama Ag Mahmoud told Reuters in an interview in Nouakchott

Desert tourism
Sufi shrines have been attacked by hardline Salafists in Egypt and Libya in the past year. The attacks also recall the 2001 dynamiting by the Taliban of two 6th-century statues of Buddha carved into a cliff in Bamiyan in central Afghanistan.

According to Time magazine, those who adhere to a more orthodox brand of Islam tend to harbor a particular animosity to Sufism, who have a more mystical interpretation of the divine and a faith that is often rooted in pre-Islamic traditions and a reverence for saints and dead wise men.

Located on an old Saharan trading route that saw salt from the Arab north exchanged for gold and slaves from black Africa to the south, Timbuktu blossomed in the 16th century as an Islamic seat of learning, home to priests, scribes and jurists.

In recent years, Mali had sought to create a desert tourism industry around Timbuktu. But even before April’s rebellion many tourists were being discouraged by a spate of kidnappings of Westerners in the region claimed by al-Qaida-linked groups.

 

And that’s our show for today folks. This is Grass signing off, till next time and good night.